Another one of my goals this summer was to cook more. I’ve always liked cooking, but I’m usually too lazy to try new things. I work Monday thru Friday until 8:00pm so I’m almost always opting for the easy things to make. Then I added school and interning into the mix and before I knew it, dinner consisted of whatever I could throw in the oven or microwave because I was exhausted. So now that I have all of this free time on my hands I wanted to try some new things! I still work till 8:00, but I have all day to prep and prepare so cooking has become really fun for me. I’m also trying to make healthier recipes so I’ve been searching pinterest and other places for healthy alternatives. I’ll be sharing all of the recipes I’ve found at the bottom of the post and everything is numbered to make things easier! Also, all of my pictures are from instagram because I’m a terrible food photographer and the lighting in our kitchen is god awful. Not even one window and our florescent light doesn’t even work! #apartmentproblems anyone?
2. Homemade ice pops! 1 cup orange pineapple apple juice and sliced bananas. Delish!
3. Cornish game hens. Roasted at 350 degrees for about two hours. Glazed with duck sauce every 20 minutes and topped off with sesame seeds. Served with side of your choice, we did asparagus… what else is new?
4. Simple Sesame Noodles by The Pioneer Woman. These have become a staple in our house! They are fantastic. Steven loves them with some shrimp, but I’m a fan of them plain.
5. Stuffed Pepper Soup by Skinnytaste. I’ve become obsessed with this website! I love trying her low calorie recipes. This one was pretty great since I LOVE stuffed peppers.
6. Southwestern Black Bean Salad by Skinnytaste. I was the only one in my house who even tried it, but I loved it! It ended up being my lunch for a whole week. So light and tasty.
7. Low Fat Baked Onion Rings by Skinnytaste. I’ve made these a couple of times now and everyone in the house loves them. We’ve also started using the breadcrumb mix for other baked things like shrimp, chicken, etc.
8. Turkey Chili Taco Soup by Skinnytaste. This one was pretty good as well. I didn’t notice a huge difference between this and regular chili, but I’m a fan of chili and this was really easy throw together.
9. & 10. The Yummy Dumplings by Sara Lynn Paige. I have two pictures of this because we prepared them two ways. Boiled and pan fried. These have become one of my husbands all time favorite things. We’ve made them twice now, but the second time we tried out sausage and made what we called “italian style” dumplings with some marinara dipping sauce. So good!! But not to take away from Sara’s recipe, because trust me, they were so amazing. I followed her recipe exactly, except that we used ground pork because we eat meat. They were amazing! Even if they are a little time consuming, they’re becoming another staple in our household. We’re becoming very familiar with our local asian market and having a blast doing so!
What have you been making this summer? Do you have any recipes to suggest for me?
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